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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 55 - 1942  page 36

The Clergy of St John the Baptist, Smallhythe by A.H. Taylor

1921-1926. JOHN ALFRED WOOD, M.A.
   Emanuel College, Cambridge. Elected by thirty votes on September 4th, 1921, and collated by the Archbishop May 10th, 1922. Towards the end of 1926 the Archbishop appointed a commission to enquire into the desirability of uniting the benefice of Smallhythe with that of Tenterden, and in December gave Mr. Wood the Vicarage of Kennington near Ashford, which he resigned in 1931. Since 1936 he has been Vicar of Wilmington, near Polegate, Sussex.
   Mr. Wood was the last to hold Smallhythe as a separate benefice and during the interregnum the services were conducted by the clergy of surrounding parishes, principally by the Rev. W. E. Watson, Rector of Wittersham. After prolonged consideration the union of the two livings was accomplished by an order in Council issued in March, 1928, by which the name of the curate to be appointed is to be submitted to the parishioners before being licensed.

   Emanuel College, Cambridge. Vicar of Tenterden since 1924. Instituted to the united benefice of Tenterden-with-Smallhythe, May 30th, 1928, and inducted the following day. Mr. Man was collated to the Rectory of Chartham in October, 1932, and in March, 1942 was appointed by the retiring Archbishop, Lord Lang, to a Six Preachership in the Cathedral. During his

incumbency the Curates of Smallhythe were:
April, 1929 - April, 1930, T. PEARMAN STEVENS,
    M.A., resigned. Died 1936.
December, 1930 - April, 1933, GEOFFREY LUMMIS,
   A.K.C., P.C. of North Bemerton, Salisbury, since 1938.
   Christ's College, Cambridge. Vicar of Tenterden-with- Smallhythe, January, 1933. Inducted to Smallhythe January 29th. Curates of Smallhythe:
August, 1933 - April, 1935, MAX GORDON BYRANT,
   B.D., Vicar of Headcorn since 1940.
May, 1935 - March, 1937, FRANK LARRISTON
    ELLIOTT, Vicar of Shepherdswell since 1937.

   Smallhythe may also be remembered as the scene of the closing days of Dame Ellen Terry, for it was here, in her fine old black and white Tudor house standing by the entrance to the Isle of Oxney, that she passed away on July 21st, 1928. Three days later the little church was filled to overflowing at the funeral service, after which the body was taken to London for cremation.

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